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post #31 of 395
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The white things are a type of capacitor if I am not mistaken. And I also believe that any discrete design will have to be two channel like that if it wants to be a stereo amp
post #32 of 395
Vs the Gilmore Lite? Both sell for the same price now, at 399$.
post #33 of 395
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I haven't had the Lisa for a while, so a comparison is tough. From memory, the Caliente would get the nod for overall smoothness, and for bass authority and definition, as well as for having a slightly more balanced treble. But again, I am unable to directly compare them.
Oh ok, i thought you still had the Lisa,..thanks.
post #34 of 395
I read this a bit earlier when it was only one page, but didn't have a chance to respond.

Have you heard any DIY offerings? Even a PPAv2 or of the like? I'm curious as to how they would compare seeing as they're roughly in the same price ballpark. Have you heard a B22? I'm currently waiting to source a faceplate/enclosure before I get my builder to build it for me, but I'm curious how this amp stacks against some of the DIY variants as it appears to be a very good deal! I'm having a hard time now buying any amp commercially produced as it just doesn't seem to be as great a deal anymore...I'm now on the darkside, lol.
post #35 of 395
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Hi Nate. I had a PPAv2 with Steps a while back, and there is no doubt in my mind that the KICAS is better. I have not heard a B22 though.
post #36 of 395
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Vs the Gilmore Lite? Both sell for the same price now, at 399$.
Also curious about this.
post #37 of 395
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That I personally cannot help with. I did have a GLite in for review about a year ago, but that was far too long ago to recall anything meaningful since I only had the amp for about a week.
post #38 of 395
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Originally Posted by sbulack View Post
I've never seen the insides of an all-discrete amp before. What are those four white, rectangular box-shaped structures? Also, since it appears that the electronic components on the PCB are all in symmetrically-placed, mirror-image pairs, I take it that this is a two-channel design?
The white box-shaped parts are relays. Edit: I see the Dynalo also uses relays, scratch what I previously wrote.

Most amps are two-channel designs. The fact the layout is symmetric doesn't have that much significance. Well it does mean the amp is lower-noise than it would be otherwise, and channel separation better too, but other than that, not much significance.
post #39 of 395
wonder how this compares to the little dot mark V that's in the same price range.
post #40 of 395
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The white box-shaped parts are relays. Edit: I see the Dynalo also uses relays, scratch what I previously wrote.
...The fact the layout is symmetric doesn't have that much significance. Well it does mean the amp is lower-noise than it would be otherwise, and channel separation better too, but other than that, not much significance.
To Asr and Skylab:
Thank you to both of you for the information you've shared in response to my thinking-"out-loud" question. Relays... hmmm, in all my readings in the public threads where the design, layout, performance of a few DIY opamp-based amps were discussed, I don't remember "relays" coming up. But in several all-discrete amps, there are relays. Looks like I've got some more reading to do. Very instructive, and very helpful! Thanks so much for the help!

See?? THIS is why I keep coming back to Head-Fi!!!!!!!!!!
post #41 of 395
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The white box-shaped parts are relays. Edit: I see the Dynalo also uses relays, scratch what I previously wrote.
Actually, as I thought, they are caps, not relays. I confirmed this with Purity Audio. Their use in the circuit is not something they want to reveal
post #42 of 395
As Skylab said, they are definitely caps. Just read the text on them, the capacitance (.47uF) and tolerance (10%) are listed. I'm not sure what relays would be used for in an actual amp circuit.
post #43 of 395
Oops, so they are, I didn't look at the pics that closely. The wide-angle shots make them look like relays.
post #44 of 395
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Originally Posted by oicdn View Post
Have you heard a B22? I'm currently waiting to source a faceplate/enclosure before I get my builder to build it for me, but I'm curious how this amp stacks against some of the DIY variants as it appears to be a very good deal!
Given your current $$ troubles do you really feel it's wise to be spending what must be a fairly decent sum of money on another headphone amp?
post #45 of 395
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Given your current $$ troubles do you really feel it's wise to be spending what must be a fairly decent sum of money on another headphone amp?
That was before the check finally got deposited...and before the check today...and the tips I just took home. Thanks for caring though...much appreciated.
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